Here’s the ugly truth – After our weekend in Chicago/Milwaukee a few days ago, I cried the entire way to the airport. It wasn’t pretty. In my defense, it was the first time I had been back since we moved and I just couldn’t believe that we were flying somewhere to be “home”. (I might have been overserved the night before as well, that couldn’t have helped).
Since Sunday, I’ve been spending a lot of time comparing Chicago to Dallas, or why I didn’t want to come back here. While going through the process, I began to think of things I did like about Texas, and with a quick change of attitude began focusing on those. Of course, there are always things that Chicago will be triumphant in, but in the true spirit of my very own blog title, I’m focusing on all of the good.
So naturally, let’s make a list shall we?
|| Texas, hands down, has the best tex-mex. And it’s everywhere… no shortage or scrambling to find a good taco or chips and salsa.
|| The weather. We left here in 80 degrees and landed in Chicago in 40. No comparison there! And, in the words of my five year old, “In Texas, it snows like three times. In Illinois, it snows like 2000 times. Every year!”
|| Our house. Simply put, we were able to get a lot more for our money here. I love our house! (Except for the no basement thing – that made things interesting when the tornado sirens went off at 4am today. Party in the closet?!)
|| Our neighborhood. Every house is full of a family, which we didn’t have in Illinois. Our suburb is one of the safest in all of America, which is something to be proud of (and feel safe in!)
|| I’m able to stay home with my girls, and that has been a blessing.
|| We are in a new place, which means we have had/are having a lot of visitors this year!
Naturally, I need to give a shout out to Chicago things that will never be replicated: my friends, family, Portillo’s, Lou’s, Mariano’s, and a good trip on the Metra. Ok, so the last one is a joke – and the rest are about food. #doyouknowme ?